SERVPRO handles all stages of the repair process
Working seamlessly to repair the damage
TEAM WOLFE is a "Full Service" Restoration and Reconstruction Company that handles all aspects of putting your home or business back to its preloss condition. Here we have our Restoration Division collaborating seamlessly with our Construction Division on a recent fire damage project. When faced with a serious disaster to your home or business, a full service restoration company is invaluable. Whether you’ve sustained damage as the result of a fire, flood, storm, or any other unexpected event, you need a Full Service Restoration company in your corner and we respond to your needs immediately. Our professionally trained, IICRC certified technicians will be on-site within one hour of your call, equipped and prepared to start the damage control, cleaning, and restoration process without delay. At TEAM WOLFE, one call takes care of it all from start to finish! Its what all customers should expect from a restoration company and we deliver!
Why Choose SERVPRO of St. Louis Central
SERVPRO is a different kind of provider
Were you ever apprehensive when you heard that a contractor or restoration provider was coming to your home or business and thought to yourself, "I wonder if dust & debris will get on everything and they leave it behind for me to clean up?" Worried about unprofessional or unqualified people doing inferior work leaving you dissatisfied? Worried about projects not completed in a timely manner? Well, that's why SERVPRO of St. Louis Central is a different kind of service provider! We understand that you want your property back to its preloss condition quickly and professionally! Here are some of the other reasons why we are different:
Our technicians are professionally trained in what we do and are on time every time!
We seal off areas that are unaffected in your home or business in to keep dust and debris out to prevent any secondary damage to your belongings.
Our team is on call 24/7 to respond to any disasters, even on holidays because we never shut down.
We are certified and carry licenses to ensure your mitigation, remediation, or reconstruction is done correctly, in a timely manner and done right the first time.
Our project managers ensure your peace of mind by keeping you updated as we progress.
We work with your insurance provider/adjuster and offer a transparent estimate.
SERVPRO of St. Louis Central is committed to the region we service and to you! We take great pride in putting your St. Louis home or business back to it's original state "Like it never even happened."
Don't Wait for An Adjuster Before Addressing Storm Damage
Do Not Wait On An Adjuster
Don't Wait For a Property Adjuster to Arrive After a Storm Damages Your Property
With Spring just a few weeks away, the potential of heavy storms can start to form in the St. Louis region. With that elevated risk of a major storm sweeping through St. Louis, your home or business can experience wind, hail or water damage that will require immediate building stabilization to reduce the affects of secondary damage. By waiting for adjuster to arrive onsite which could takes days if the region received widespread storm damage, you might think it's to just wait for an adjuster to arrive to make any major decisions. However, this might not be the best decision. Here are just a few reasons why.
1. You May Be Waiting Several Days Before an Adjuster can inspect You Property
During a large storm or a disaster, there will likely be many people who have suffered major storm damage to their homes or businesses. Because of this, it might take a while before an adjuster is able to get to you. There will be quite a few people who are in the same situation that you are, so waiting around while your property is wet and/or exposed can create additional secondary damages that will escalate the cost of repairing it back to preloss condition.
2. Water Damage Only Gets Worse by procrastination
While you are waiting for an adjuster to arrive, the water will continue to affect your house and belongings. If the water is not removed and your property stays wet, you will end up with a much larger problem to deal with. When it is exposed to water for long periods of time, wood can begin to warp and may end up rotting which can affect the structure of the building. Mold damage can occur quickly as well and may begin to spread within 24 hours.
3. It Can Affect Your Insurance Claim by Thousands of Additional Dollars by Waiting
In some cases, doing nothing to prevent further damage can affect the results of your storm insurance claim. You might not be approved for as much as you would have otherwise, and your claim might be denied altogether. Paying for repairs on your own can be expensive, so you want to avoid this if possible.
Instead of waiting for your insurance adjuster, the best thing to do after a storm is to document the damage. Take pictures and make lists of affected areas and items to provide as evidence. Once this has been done, a cleanup and restoration service like SERVPRO can begin mitigation to prevent the damage from worsening while you wait to file your claim.
Call SERVPRO of St. Louis Central & SERVPRO of Bridgeton/Florissant for all your Spring Storm cleanup & restoration problems at (314-260-7177. We promise to make them disappear "Like it never even happened."
Freezing Temperatures Can Cause Pipes to Burst
Burst Water Line
Baby it's Cold Outside!
With the freezing temperatures we are experiencing, it's vital that you know how to prevent pipes from freezing. When water freezes in your pipes, whether due to quick drops in outside temperatures, poor insulation or the thermostat set too low, its volume expands and puts pressure on the pipe from inside. This can cause a burst pipe, but even a small crack or two can be the start of some devastating and expensive water and plumbing damage that would require a professional restoration company like SERVPRO to repair the damage.
Here are just a few tips that you can perform to reduce the chances of you having to give us a call:
• Insulate pipes located in the attic and crawl space using pipe insulation, even if the climate where you live does not often have hard freeze conditions.
• You can also wrap pipes in heat tape or heat cables with a thermostat control. The best pipe insulation for your situation will depend on your home. Always install according to the manufacturer's directions.
• Seal or caulk any cracks that might let in cold air, especially places where pipes run from inside to outside the home, such as dryer vents or water pipes.
• Preventing frozen pipes should be done outdoors as well. As you winterize your home, disconnect your garden hoses.
For any outdoor faucets with cut-off valves, be sure they are closed and faucets are drained. You can also protect them by using faucet covers throughout the winter months.
• If cold weather settles in and you notice temperatures beginning to drop, start a small drip of both hot water and cold water in the kitchen, bath, laundry areas and any other faucets in the home. A small water drip is all that is needed to keep water moving through the system and prevent frozen pipes.
• Be sure to alert a trusted neighbor if you'll be away more than a few days, and ask them to check periodically to make sure that the measures you have taken in preventing frozen pipes worked and that nothing has ruptured.
In the event you experience water damage due to a burst pipe call SERVPRO of St. Louis Central at (217) 536-6655 and we'll make it "Like it never even happened."
Minimizing Secondary Roof Damage After A Storm
roof damaged from storm
When it comes to severe weather events like Thunderstorms along with high winds in St. Louis, these conditions are often the leading cause of structural damage to residential property and local businesses. While prevention and routine inspections are extremely helpful to avoiding a roof leak, sometimes mother nature is still often too powerful to avoid her visiting your home or business with a major blow to your property. If during or right after a catastrophic storm event causes damages to your roof, getting it taken care of immediately is necessary to avoid extensive water damage remediation and repairs. If the storm was big enough, unfortunately, you may not get instant relief.
Temporary fixes should be made to ensure the damage doesn’t spread. These include:
Tarps – Simple, inexpensive and easy, waterproof tarps can do wonders to keep more moisture from getting inside the property. From the interior of the building, since it is unsafe to walk on a wet roof, smooth the tarp out and attach it, ensuring the entire area is covered.
Caulk, Temporary Roof Patch – For small leaks, a little caulk or sealant can block the water from coming in. Even though it may be small, it can easily become a much bigger problem if not addressed immediately. These products can be found at your local home improvement store.
Replace Shingles – Depending on the structure, a roof leak often is a result of missing shingles or ones that are cracked or becoming unattached. Once it safe to go on the roof, it is important to repair or replace shingles to limit the damage. Loose shingles shout be smoothed and shifted back into place before being nailed or stapled. If shingles are missing but there are no replacements available, sheet metal or wood can be used as a temporary fix.
While these fixes are designed to limit the spread of damage, they are not permanent repairs. Regardless of the size of the leak, contacting a professional like SERVPRO of St. Louis Central and SERVPRO of Bridgeton/Florissant to inspect and repair the roof is vital to maintaining its longevity and protecting what it covers. Our company is a full service contractor so one call to SERVPRO of St. Louis Central and SERVPRO of Bridgeton/Florissant is all you need to do. We handle all aspects of the restoration and repairs needed to restore your property to its preloss condition.
A roof leak is a hassle, but it can quickly become much more than that if gone unchecked. Taking immediate action and getting it properly repaired are keys to avoiding damage to the rest of the structure.
Our Construction Division compliments our Restoration Services
Full Service Contracting
At SERVPRO of St. Louis Central, the backbone of our company is fire, water & smoke cleanup and restoration. But, what compliments our unique services in the industry is we can facilitate every aspect of the reconstruction process of your damaged property!
Our construction division specializes in reconstruction, new construction residential, retail, offices, financial institutions, healthcare facilities, educational facilities, government properties, warehouses and shipping facilities. We have experts in the field of putting your home or business back to its preloss condition which includes complete builds from a total loss. Our in-house construction division can provide everything that a normal contractor can provide you after you are hit with a catastrophe. That's why SERVPRO is so unique, we can handle the entire process so there is no need for multiple companies and services to juggle! One call to SERVPRO handles everything from start to finish. For work not completed in-house, we have an extensive list of qualified contractors (HVAC, Plumbers, drywall finishing, roofing, electricians and many other specialized services) just to name a few.
We can fast track your project and offer cost-saving solutions to meet your budget goals because you are dealing with just one company!
Call us today at (314) 260-7177 for all your construction needs because we are not just a restoration company, we are a full service contractor!
Great Water Damage Tips
Water Damage Tips
We are well into December and with that comes a elevated risk of water damage due to freezing temperatures that can cause a fatigued water line to burst unexpectedly in your St. Louis home.
Although you just suffered a water damage, there is no need to panic although that will be your first thought. Take a deep breath and give SERVPRO of St. Louis Central and SERVPRO of Bridgeton/Florissant a call and we will get our trained technicians deployed and to the rescue restoring your property to it's preloss condition! Once we arrive on the scene of the damage we can quickly begin the cleanup & remediation of your property. Before we arrive, there are some steps you can take yourself to prevent secondary damage to your property and personal belongings. These steps should only be used if the water damage is caused by a clean water break. If you have suffered damage from sewer, toilet, or other contaminated water sources, stay away from the scene as it may have adverse health effects.
Here are a few tips for what you can do to prevent further water damage to your home, until our trained technicians arrive:
- Shut off the water source if it can be done safely.
- Remove any excess water by mopping or using towels.
- Remove and pop up we upholstery cushions for drying. Do not put cushion covers in washing machine.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs.
- Hang furs and leather goods separately at room temperature.
- Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
- If you have a wet/dry shop vac you can suck up any water that you are able to.
- If water damage is in the ceiling, do not turn on lights or overhead fans. And keep out of rooms where the ceiling is beginning to sag from holding water.
- When in doubt - "Don't" attempt anything! We are in transit and will access what steps need to be taken.
You can trust the team at SERVPRO to handle all your restoration and reconstruction needs by calling (314) 260-7177.
Winter Is Coming, Avoid Frozen Pipes!
Frozen Water Line
Winter is upon us in St. Louis and with that is temperatures start to plummet. So is the risk of your pipes freezing and bursting during this season. In fact, burst pipes are one of the most common causes of property damage during frigid weather and can cause thousands in water damage—easily $5,000 or more, according to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety.
The pipes most at risk are those in unheated interior spaces such as basements, attics, and garages. Pipes running through cabinets or exterior walls can freeze also. The good news is there are some simple things you can do to keep your water running and your house dry.
Pipe insulation can cost as little as 50 cents per linear foot at your local hardware store according to the IBHS. So for not much more than the cost of the aspirin you’d need, you can avoid the headaches of cleanup, loss of precious keepsakes, and the cost of your insurance deductible. Use the pipe insulation liberally to protect any vulnerable pipes.
Both the IBHS and the American Red Cross, which is in the business of emergency preparedness, have useful advice on how to prevent your pipes from freezing, as well as how to thaw them if they do.
When winter temperatures fall below freezing our phone volume goes up at SERVPRO due to frozen water lines bursting causing quite a lot of water damage. Many times this costly damage could of been prevented with some easy preventive maintenance steps.
1. As previously mentioned, pipe wrap to insulate the expose piping in the basement of your home.
2. Seal/insulate all small cracks and openings in your basement. Wires and pipes run inside/out of homes and could leave small open spaces which will permit freezing wind to directly affect an area of pipe. That area could freeze and burst. This again is a simply and cost efficient way to keep the heat inside and the cold out.
3. During sub-zero temperatures, let susceptible faucets slowly drip. Running water through the pipes will prevent it from freezing. Also, open cabinet doors under the sinks to allow the home heat to circulate underneath. Again, a few degrees can make a tremendous difference.
SERVPRO of St. Louis Central & SERVPRO of Bridgeton/Florissant is here to help with all your fire, water & smoke cleanup and restoration needs. We are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Call us at (314) 260-7177.
SERVPRO of St. Louis Central is your Storm Damage Cleanup Specialist
Thunderstorm Damaged Roof
SERVPRO of St. Louis Central is your Thunderstorm Damage Cleanup Specialist!
Severe thunderstorms and straight-line winds and heavy rainfall can cause severe of damage to your St. Louis home, and flooding is a major problem during these storms when rainfall totals several inches in a short period of time. For many families in St. Louis, flooding can become a reality after severe thunderstorm. Flood water carries high levels of raw sewage and other bio-hazards, so you should never try to clean it up on your own.
Severe Thunderstorms with high winds can generate large amounts of building materials debris, roofing and damage to personal property. When flood damage from heavy rainfall has affected your home, you should contact our professionals at SERVPRO of St. Louis Central right away so we can help get your life back in order.
Clean Up and Restoration
Before we can begin cleanup and restoration, we must remove all standing water. We do this with professional-grade, truck-mounted pumps. Once the majority of the water has been removed, we can inspect the home for the extent of the damages from the floodwaters.
Because floodwaters are contaminated, we must remove and dispose of any carpeting and padding in the home. If needed, we pressure wash structural components and disinfect surfaces with an EPA-registered disinfectant.
We continue to remove materials as necessary to decontaminate your home. Communication is paramount with SERVPRO of St. Louis Central by keeping in contact with you every step of the way! It's important to us and to ensure everyone is in agreement with our scope of services. Interior wall surfaces and other inaccessible areas that were contaminated by contaminated water are cleaned, dried and sanitized. Disinfecting steps are repeated for any newly exposed areas.
SERVPRO technicians then remove and dispose of any final debris and wastewater. Once cleaning procedures are complete, we place air movers and dehumidifiers in the home to speed up drying. These machines are monitored daily and moved or adjusted to ensure optimal drying.
Testing and Detection
We also use moisture meters to detect any hidden moisture that could be lingering inside walls. All of this moisture must be taken care of to prevent the growth of mold. If any mold has started to grow, we also clean the affected area and sanitize it.
SERVPRO of St. Louis Central ensures that we have your home thoroughly & completely dry a before we say the job is done! We pride ourselves in our ability to make homes and businesses back to their preloss condition so give us a call at (314) 260-7177.
The benefits of Air Filtration in your home.
Did you know that Air filtration is a great way to keep harmful impurities that affect your health away from your family. Using an air purifier has numerous benefits as well, but you need to know which one is best capable of removing noxious (harmful, poisonous, or unpleasant) mold spores. Find out which types of air purifiers are most effective at accomplishing a clean and healthy environment.
Air Purification Health Benefits
Besides removing mold spores and floating fungal particles, air purifiers generate atmospheres that are:
- Free From Pet Dander
HVAC attachments reduce the burden placed upon your device, subsequently extending its life.
Although most purifiers can achieve the above objectives with ease, not all are as effective at eliminating mold spores. Making the right choice of air filtration is crucial if you want to keep your St. Louis home free from a situation requiring the services of a mold removal service provider.
Styles of Air Purification
Assuming your primary goal is to remove aerial fungi, one of your best options is a purifier that includes a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter. These filters are able to remove 99.97% of particles 0.3 microns or larger and machines equipped with a HEPA filter can dramatically improve your home’s air quality. Be certain to regularly change you HEPA filter on a regularly scheduled basis, as failure to do so can result in captured spores escaping.
Your other superior choice is a Photo Electrochemical Oxidizer. Using light activation to destroy air particles, an oxidizer is capable of actually eradicating airborne offenders instead of merely trapping them.
Many other systems exist, but none are better than either of the above selections. Photocatalytic oxidizers, for instance, can expunge some organic molecules, but they are highly inefficient. Ozone generators flood your residence with this peculiar-smelling form of oxygen on purpose, a bad idea for those with certain sensitivities. Carbon filter purifiers, which trap gasses, are totally incapable of removing fungus spores.
Keep your residence in St. Louis clear of mold growth through the use of effective air filtration, making sure that whichever model you pick is capable of handling the job.